L'Homme à la tête de Caoutchouc (The Man With The Rubber Head) is a 1902 silent French fantasy film directed by Georges Méliès. It was filmed in 1901 and released in 1902.
A chemist in his laboratory places upon a table his own head, alive; then fixing upon his head a rubber tube with a pair of bellows, he begins to blow with all his might. Immediately the head increases in size and continues to enlarge until it becomes truly colossal while making faces. The chemist, fearing to burst it, opens a cock in the tube. The head immediately contracts and resumes its original size. He then calls his assistant and informs him of his discovery. The assistant, wishing to experiment for himself, seizes the bellows and blows into the head with all his might. The head swells until it bursts with a crash, knocking over the two experimenters. The chemist then literally kicks his assistant from the lab in anger.
Director: Georges Méliès Stars: Georges Méliès Release Dates: France 1901 UK 1902
Also Known As (AKA) L'Homme à la tête de Caoutchouc France (original title) A gumifejű ember Hungary El hombre con la cabeza de goma International (Spanish title) The India Rubber Head International (English title) The Man with the India-Rubber Head UK (literal English title)
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